Weekly Newsletter
May 3, 2021
  • Agape Men's Group
  • Bible Study
  • Fiat Women's Group
    • Not meeting this week.
    • Contact Emma Jo Powers for more information.
*Final week of small groups for the school year. Small groups will resume in the fall.

Allow me to thank you for allowing me the great privilege it was to lead Agape Men’s Group this year. This time I have been able to spend with you, either virtually or in person, has been a joyful experience. I hope it was the same for you. I suppose it would be improper if I did not close my tenure as the leader of men without some sort of closing note to send you all forward into your future.

Let me first to remind you that you are all called to greatness. God put us on this Earth to glorify Him, and to glorify Him, we must be brave, courageous and unafraid to fail, so, as President Teddy Roosevelt noted, that our places will never be with those cold or timid souls who neither know victory or defeat. I can safely say none of you are with those who are timid. You all glorify him through your (extra)ordinary lives, lifting up God’s name as you continue to achieve greatness academically or professionally. You all displayed and continue to display great courage, swimming against the tide, in an age where it is easy to walk with the crowd.

We must stay firm in our faith, because the enemy stalks like a lion, looking to destroy you. However, I pray, through Men’s Group, we trained in a spiritual agoge, sharpening each other for the battle we have fought and those battles yet to be fought. However, it was not all fire and brimstone. There was laughter, the sharing of hardships and the sharing of a fraternity that I was honored to lead. I can say with certainty that Men’s Group is alive and well, in no small part because of the men that decided that Mondays at 7:00 p.m. was a good time to spend some time with the Lord.

As I close this letter and send you off to your next adventures, let me reiterate how honored I am to be “The Leader of Men” and to see you all strive for holiness. You all give me a great sense of optimism for the Church and for the faith to not only continue but to flourish under the leadership of such holy men. I would encourage all of you to explore your vocations and to find your calling as a leader in the Church. As for me, wherever Uncle Sam sends me, to Ft. Knox, Camp Atterbury, Camp Garfield or Ft. Benning, the UA Newman Center will always be home and a home to some of the finest young men I have had the pleasure to know.

Yours Respectfully,

Kenneth S. Begley

“The Leader of Men”
RooCatholic and St. Bernard will be hosting special events, including a baccalaureate Mass, this Wednesday, May 5, to celebrate of the class of 2021!

All are welcome to attend, including family members, friends and other guests! Social distancing and safety guidelines will be followed. Please see the schedule of events below.
  • Baccalaureate Mass
    • 5:30 p.m. at St. Bernard 
  • Senior Recognition & Awards
    • 6:30 p.m. in the Newman Center
  • Reception
    • 7:45 p.m. at The Lockview Restaurant (207 S. Main St.)
Keep up with our social media all week long as we celebrate the class of 2021! Each day, we'll post a personalized message congratulating each RooCatholic graduate.

Be sure to check them out and offer well wishes of your own!
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Are you a woman between the ages of 21 and 45, wondering what God is calling you to do with your life? Looking for a way to live in community? Hoping to deepen your spirituality? Caritas Community might be for you!

The Sisters of Mercy are sponsoring a community experience that focuses on spirituality, simple living and the building of intentional community. This community is just outside Buffalo, NY. While working or going to school, you would contribute living expenses and share community with likeminded laywomen and Sisters of Mercy. Due to COVD- 19, your plans for what's next might have changed. Flexibility around this ever-fluid situation will be considered in every individual circumstance.

For more information about Caritas, contact Sr. Jenny Wilson or Sr. Colleen O'Toole, or call 814-969-5327.
All men are invited to deepen their faith and renew their friendship with Christ. We will explore our call as men in the church to be missionary disciples. We'll combine faith, prayer and perspiration along with fellowship time together as men. Bring a friend!

This is a FREE event paid for by St. Francis de Sales Parish and your hard work as we plan to spend part of Saturday working on the grounds of Loyola Retreat House. We need you!
  • Date
    • Friday & Saturday, May 7 - 8, 2021 (overnight)
  • Times
    • 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 7 - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8
  • Location
    • Loyola Retreat House
      700 Killinger Rd.
      Clinton, OH 44216
  • Cost
    • FREE
For more information about Ora et Labora, or to sign up, contact Bill Crandal. A confirmation email will be sent to you. 
A Student's Prayer to St. Joseph of Cupertino
O holy St. Joseph of Cupertino, You obtained from God the grace to only be asked questions you knew during your examinations. Please obtain for me the same grace for the examinations for which I am now preparing. Grant that I may succeed in this in this (state the name of your exam here) examination. I promise to give you thanks and make it known that it was you who interceded for me. I will also try to imitate you and your prayerful and devoted spiritual life.

O St. Joseph of Cupertino, pray for me,
Our Lady of Good Studies, pray for me,
Holy Spirit, enlighten me!


The RooCatholic Leadership Team wishes you good luck as you conclude the semester and is praying for your continued academic, personal and spiritual growth. We can't wait to see you again in the fall, but in the meantime, be sure to stay tuned for fun RooCatholic summer events!

Enjoy your summer!
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